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Green peas backed for fight against high-fat diet

There is a low awareness of the beneficial effects of green pea in many countries, despite growing evidence of clear health effects, say those behind a new study.

Is growing consumer scrutiny and ‘mainstream protein’ putting sports nutrition under pressure?

More than 70% of UK-based users of sports nutrition would like to see an industry-wide certification that ensures the quality of ingredients, according to new Mintel data that also suggest a blurring of lines between traditional sports nutrition products and ‘on trend’ high protein foods.

Could cranberries boost your 'good bacteria'?

An indigestible carbohydrate found in cranberries may act as a prebiotic to promote beneficial bacteria in the microbiome, new research says.

VIDEO: Should we define dietary fiber on the basis of what it is or what it does?

Which ingredients should be classified as dietary fibers and why? Elaine Watson caught up with Dr Dennis Gordon from North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the IFT show in Las Vegas as the FDA considers petitions from suppliers of everything from inulin to gum acacia.

More fruit and fish and less soda: A recipe for better colorectal health?

Load up on fish and fruit, and cut back on soft drinks for better colorectal health, finds ‘Med diet’ study.

Inflammatory bowel disease: Manipulating the gut microbiome a promising future treatment option

There is considerable promise in manipulating the gut microbiome to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to a new review.

Rye’s high satiety properties fit well as a weight-managing food, study says

The porous, moisture-absorbent properties of rye products such as bread, flakes and granolas are key to maintaining long-lasting satiety and effective weight management, a Finnish study determines.

Strawberry seeds show supplement promise

Defatted strawberry seeds have ‘great potential’ for use as ingredients in dietary supplements or products with high nutrition value, says a new study.

Global microbiome market to triple by 2022, with France a primary driver

The global microbiome market is forecast to nearly triple in size to €0.44bn ($0.5bn) by 2022, according to a new report, which pinpointed France, Israel and the US as market leaders. 

Russian billionaire buys Holland & Barrett for healthy €2.0bn

US private equity firm Carlyle sells Europe’s largest health and wellness retailer to investment fund controlled by Mikhail Fridman

Embarrassed by intestinal gas? Don’t worry, it could be healthy

A fibre-containing beverage may help intestinal production of hydrogen, a gas with anti- inflammatory effects according to a Japanese study.   

French study links 'Med diet' pattern to lower risk of frailty

Consumption of a Mediterranean style diet is rising in Europe and the US because they 'easy to follow', says author of paper linking Med diet with reduced frailty.

Industry innovation can help target products to the elderly

The industry can do more to target fashionable high protein foods and drinks to the over 65s market, while rest of Europe should follow Norway with nutrition-filled NPD for the elderly, say researchers.

News in brief

Taiyo launches ‘Regular Girl’ symbiotic supplement blend into EMEA

Japan-based Taiyo says the digestive health supplement containing a blend of its prebiotic Sunfiber and functional probiotics is now available in the EMEA region.

EFSA rebuffs Marks & Spencer health claim on protein-carbohydrate ratios for weight loss

A health claim application by leading UK retailer Marks & Spencer suggesting that consumption of a fixed carbohydrate to protein ratio of less than 1.8 could help reduction of body weight has been rejected.

Lost in processing? Organic’s ‘halo effect’ blunted in processed food

Organic claims for processed foods may not be particularly advantageous in promoting the benefits of the product, a study reckons.

Prebiotic may lower body fat in obese children

Consuming oligofructose-enriched inulin (OI) alters gut microbiota, reducing body fat in overweight or obese children, according to a new RCT conducted at Calgary University.

Sourdough or white? Trust in gut reaction to provide the answer

The gut microbiome has a major say in whether ordinary white bread or an artisanal sourdough loaf is “healthier,” a study claims. 

A scientific first: Study highlights potential cardiometabolic benefits of prebiotics

Supplementing the diet with inulin-type fructans may improve the function of the endothelium in blood vessels and reduce the risk of metabolic disorders-related cardiovascular diseases, says a new study.

Policosanol fraction, Vitamin K2 combo helps statin users in study

A policosanol derivative teamed with vitamin K2 was found to be effective in lowering cardiovascular disease risk markers in a large scale study conducted in Serbia.

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